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COCC e-News June 2020

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JUNE 2020 Volume 17, Issue 6

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HEY BOBCATS!

When J.K. Rowling addressed the graduating class at Harvard's 2008 commencement, there was undeniable magic in the air. There was talk of time-turners and death eaters and wizards and all the other imaginative elements that populate her celebrated "Harry Potter" series. But she also reflected back on her time at the University of Exeter, imparting a core lesson she found there. "One of the many things I learned at the end of that Classics corridor," she shared, "down which I ventured at the age of 18 in search of something I could not then define, was this, written by the Greek author Plutarch: 'What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.' That is an astonishing statement and yet proven a thousand times every day of our lives. It expresses, in part, our inescapable connection with the outside world, the fact that we touch other peoples' lives simply by existing." Graduates, may you achieve plenty more on your path forward and may your accomplishments radiate far and wide. Congratulations on your success!

COMMENCEMENT
While it will not take place on Mazama Field, 2020's Commencement will feature all the aspects of recognition and commemoration that define the traditional ceremony. Beginning on Wednesday, June 10, you can visit the 2020 commencement page (not live until then) for the full experience. Speaker Sonya Littledeer-Evans will deliver an abbreviated graduation address. Faculty and student speakers, Amy Harper and Sofia Stranieri, will celebrate the event with their own greetings. President Chesley and Vice President Julian will virtually confer degrees and certificates. Student awards will be announced. Graduate names will scroll across the page. See you then! (Please know that all 2020 graduates will be invited to walk in the 2021 Commencement next June.)

LIVESTREAMED: RACISM, CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BECOMING AN ALLY
COCC is hosting an educational forum on the College's Facebook page (click on Events) from 3-4 p.m. on Monday, June 8, to help better understand the difficult histories involved with systemic racism and the criminal justice system. Kelly Musgrove (Criminal Justice faculty), Tom Barry (Sociology faculty) and Christy Walker (Director of Diversity and Inclusion) will share their perspectives on these challenging topics and how we can all, working together, strive to be allies in this important work. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions.

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

Spring Term Finals: June 8-12
Plan ahead! Check the dates and times.

SUMMER TERM REGISTRATION
Summer term registration is now open and classes are available! Choose coursework in writing, criminal justice, film, math, computer information systems, health and much more. Login to your Bobcat Web Account today!

FALL TERM REGISTRATION
Fall term registration is open for continuing degree-seeking students. Students should meet with their academic advisors as soon as possible to prepare for Fall term. Be aware that faculty advisors have limited availability during finals week.

Please note: COCC plans to offer some in-person instruction at all campuses this fall, along with online, remote and hybrid options for students. The College is prepared to move to fully remote or online instruction if directed. Continue to check your COCC email as we will provide updates on any changes.

FINANCIAL AID
VETERAN EDUCATIONAL BRIDGE GRANT
The Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs has released a new grant titled the Veteran Educational Bridge Grant. Under this program, eligible student veterans who are unable to complete their degree program within the expected completion period, due to the timing of course offerings, may be eligible for additional funding. Click here for more information.

FAFSA/ORSAA
If you're planning on attending COCC between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, be sure to complete your 2020-2021 FAFSA and ORSAA early; early submissions have the best chance to receive the maximum aid. Students not eligible to complete the FAFSA may apply for the ORSAA. A completed ORSAA is required for students who may be eligible for the Oregon Opportunity Grant and Oregon Promise.

FULL SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED
The COCC Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 academic year. The online application is easy to complete and this year more than 400 of your classmates were offered full scholarships ($4,350) — don't miss out on getting your scholarship too! Criteria for applying includes: enrollment in a COCC degree or certificate program for Fall 2020; have a 2.0 GPA or higher; and complete a 2020-21 FAFSA or ORSAA by July 1. Incoming students must submit recent high school or college transcripts.

VETERANS BENEFITS
Utilizing Veterans education benefits? Please be sure to request certification for your classes for Summer term. If you have any questions, contact vetsed@cocc.edu or call 541-383-7264.

AROUND THE VIRTUAL CAMPUS

VIRTUAL JOB FAIR: JUNE 11 & 25
Every other Thursday, join Tracy Dula, COCC's Career Services Coordinator, at 3 p.m. to get a jobs report via videoconference. Dula will share current information from local employers and answer your job search questions in these live 30-minute sessions. Contact tdula@cocc.edu no later than noon on the day of the session to receive a Zoom link.

ACADEMIC RESOURCES

CAREER CLOSE-UPS
Take a peek at COCC's health care careers through a one-hour virtual info session. Find out more about the dental assistant, massage therapist, medical assistant, vet tech and pharmacy tech programs at a June 15 info session.

EVENTS

NATIVE CULTURAL CELEBRATION
Unable to offer the popular Salmon Bake this year due to Covid-19 concerns, the First Nations Student Union and the College's Native American program presented a flute concert and storytelling, among other things, via live and prerecorded sessions in late May. View them for a limited time.



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